[This article contains mild spoilers for Supergirl.]
DC fans tuned in to The CW excitedly last week as their favorite superhero TV shows returned to the small screen. After some solid midseason finales, it was great to see the network's heroes make a comeback. The CW's newest DCTV property, Supergirl, has gained an especially ardent fan following after just one season on the channel (following a premiere season on CBS). Between the show's delightful characters and its action-packed monster-of-the-weekesque format, Supergirl fans are always itching to see what's going to happen in the world of Kara Danvers next -- or what familiar faces will make an appearance.
Throughout just two seasons, the show has already become well-known for bringing back old villains. This is mainly because protagonist Kara/Supergirl is against killing her adversaries, and the human world is rarely able to contain their imprisoned supervillains. While some of these villains have no strong connection to the overall Supergirl plot, some of them hit a little closer to home, and a recently released synopsis for 2x12 reveals that two such villains, Lillian Luthor and Metallo, are about to wreak havoc in National City.
The CW issued a synopsis for 2x12, aptly titled "Luthors". The February 13th episode will reportedly play out as follows:
“After Metallo (guest star Frederick Schmidt) breaks out of prison and frees Lillian Luthor (guest star Brenda Strong), the police blame Lena (guest star Katie McGrath) for his escape and arrest her. Despite overwhelming evidence, Kara (Melissa Benoist) refuses to believe her friend is guilty and fights to clear Lena’s name. Flashbacks reveal how Lena came to be a Luthor. Meanwhile, Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Maggie (Floriana Lima) celebrate their first Valentine’s Day together. Tawnia McKiernan directed the episode written by Robert Rovner and Cindy Lichtman.”
Lena Luthor, adopted heiress to the Luthor Corp dynasty, has become one of the more enigmatic and complex characters on the show during this season. Fans will undoubtedly remember her villainous mother, Lillian, from her run as anti-superhero coalition Cadmus's leader. In season 2's first two episodes, Cadmus attempted to destroy Supergirl and cousin Superman by creating Metallo, a protoypical, Kryptonite-infused metahuman. It looks like Lena is in for some serious trouble when her mother returns, especially since she is the one responsible for Lillian's imprisonment in the season 2 midseason finale, "Medusa".
The Kara/Lena dynamic has been a joy to watch since this season's inception, so it will be great to see how things continue to play out between them. Since last week's episode, "Supergirl Lives", saw a key character poke holes in Kara's human "disguise," it seems like only a matter of time before Lena discovers Supergirl's alter ego, especially as the two continue to grow close. It will also be a treat to learn more about the Luthor dynamic through flashbacks, as Supergirl has laid out some unique Luthor lore that explores the complex relationship between family, identity, and loyalty. More Maggie and Alex is another notable bonus, as that relationship has helped the show make a name for itself as having one of the most sensitively portrayed lesbian couples in TV history.
So far, the only thing we don't like about this episode is that we have to wait a few weeks for it to air. If both you and your significant other love Supergirl, get ready for an extra-special pre-Valentine's Day celebration. Until then, it's time to see what Livewire has in store next Monday.
Supergirl continues next Monday with ‘We Can Be Heroes’ at 8 p.m. EST on The CW. 'Luthors' airs on Feb. 13.
Source: The CW